Oh, I agree with you in one respect. People who turned their backs on the common sense reading of the US Constitution created this systemic problem. We can talk ad nausium about how and what brought slavery to the shores of the US… Hell, we can talk ad nausium about who, how and where slavery was practiced long before it came to the shores of North America… or Europe for that matter but that fact is, slavery was and unfortunately in some aspects of modern society, still is a feature of human nature. Those British come Americans carried with them the beliefs of the times with respect to slavery … and the US government couldn’t fund itself without the massive revenue created from southern trade.
But beyond settling the issue with the civil war, we had laws as you well know called ‘Equal but Separate’ in Louisiana. Now, any reasonable reading of the constitution would inform you that the government does not have the right to seperate people by law… yet the Supreme Court, which I remind you was overwhelmingly chaired by Northern Judges, upheld separate but equal in Plessy v Ferguson. Understand what this did… it created in federal law the ability for ‘Government’ to legally divide communities, schools and business. Such was the case, primarily in the south but also in many places in the north until it was over turned by Brown v Board of Education.
From then until 1964, people could associate or not as they wished… however it took several more years before the US government fully integrated its hiring and services… as it, according to the US Constitution, should have always done for EVERY citizen. From 1952 to 1964, us citizens, under the law were allowed to be themselves. A lot of progress was made by community activism and civil rights marches. Many businesses that were quite happy to live with segregation finally opened up their counters to serve blacks and whites together… some did not… SO WHAT.
Then along comes the 1964 Civil Rights act that once again shredded the plain reading of the constitution by forcing privates citizens together. By forcing companies to hire people who they found incomparable with their business. This of course evolved into forcing business to serve everyone equally… the constitution doesn’t say that citizens have to treat each other the same… it says that GOVERNMENT must treat everyone the same.
So now we have come full circle and various minorities are demanding separate accommodations based on their preferences… That is exactly as it should be… Business can reject service to who it wants and people can have the expectation of the right of association where ever they go.
It’s not society that has created this systemic problem… except that they elect stupid people who have a hard time comprehending the basic English of our Constitution and common law. The US constitution created a society that could mold itself anyway it wanted…
Between rulings like Plessy, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 17th amendment and congress abrogating its responsibilities to a private banking system… people… citizens… no longer have control of their country and while blacks are just now waking up to what is right, I am afraid that they are going to destroy the country that has given them extraordinary opportunities to advance through laws like affirmative action that, actually discriminate under any common sense reading of the constitution. The corrective actions to so many social problems are in the constitution but I am afraid that we are to far gone in implementing them.
Not all actions are good for a society… not all lifestyles lend themselves to a healthy community… not all customs are comparable with the melting pot nor can they coexist in the same place… Society, private citizens and not government, are what molds the customs, values and moral constraints of a society.
It took some 70 years to get rid of Plessy… how long will we hold on to the society damaging provisions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act… How long will we tolerate our republican form of government to be absorbed by an all powerful federal when we know that local solutions work far better.
Yes, their is racism in this country and it emanates to one degree or another from every racial group living here. If you really want to eliminate racism, then it must be called out wherever it exists… and yes, whether you like it or not the New Black Panthers, La Raza and BLM are all three racist.